(HorizonPost.com) – To vaccinate, or not to vaccinate, that is the question [with all due apologies to William Shakespeare]. That — and its related quandary on whether or not the government should mandate them or allow employers, schools, etc., the right to demand proof of vaccination (passports) — are topics of great debate in the COVID-19 era. Now, the White House and President Joe Biden are being urged to enter the fray in favor of both.
Inoculation rates have slowed across the country, dropping from a peak of 3.4 million injections per day to under 1 million per day, according to a June 7 US News & World Report article. The drop has made it unlikely that the country will meet President Biden’s goal of 70% of the population getting at least one dose by July 4.
Perhaps fearing voter backlash, the federal government has left the matter of compulsory vaccination to individual companies or businesses to decide. The government has not endorsed mandates for the vaccinations as a condition of employment or a pre-requisite for the use of facilities like sports venues or dance clubs.
Like Dr. Leana Wen, a public health professor at George Washington University, some medical professionals said the president shouldn’t be so “squeamish” about the issue. She believes that people who have put off getting the injections “need an additional push” from orders that would require “proof of vaccination in order to return to normal.”
— Amesh Adalja (@AmeshAA) June 26, 2021
The American Medical Association also believes in the mandates and proof of vaccination, likening it to the rules applied to enroll children in public schools. However, several states, including Florida, have preemptively outlawed the use of “passports” within their borders.
The real question is: Will Joe Biden agree or bend to the pressure?
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